DCHS Releases 2020 Community Impact Report

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DCHS Releases 2020 Community Impact Report


2020 Community Impact ReportMarch 19, 2021--Every day, DCHS staff work together with a wide range of community partners and volunteers to provide high quality services and programs to maintain, improve and sustain the well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Alexandria. This week, DCHS released its 2020 Community Impact Report which shares key accomplishments, important data and stories of people’s lives that were changed as a result of that collaboration during a year marked by the beginning of a pandemic, increased racial violence and severe financial hardships. 

Highlights of key accomplishments and data reflecting the work of staff and volunteers in the wide range of programs and services that served Alexandria residents include:

  • 7,024 families purchased food based on their needs and preference through the ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program.

  • 13,000 residents assisted through $2 million in grants to 57 organizations that served Alexandria residents through emergency financial assistance, education, health, housing and technology resources. 

  • 3,231 residents assisted through the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Eviction Prevention Program and 2,182 assisted with financial stabilization and rental assistance.

  • 665 residents served in child and family behavioral health, which continued via telehealth during the pandemic.

  • 1,159 served by the 24-hour sexual assault hotline. 

  • 1,436 served by psychiatry, 90% of which were served by telehealth since the start of the pandemic.

  • 1,031 residents served by the Workforce Development Center, which developed a platform for virtual job readiness training, recruitment and one-on-one job training and coaching services.

This year’s report is the first to go fully virtual; a printable version is available. To read more about DCHS programs and services, visit alexandriava.gov/DCHS.